|Student Project Programme (SPP)|
|36th SERIES : 2012 - 2013|
STUDENT PROJECT PROGRAMME (SPP)
In order to improve the quality of engineering education, the Council embarked upon a major venture - the Student Project Programme (SPP) - to select good student projects in various disciplines from various engineering colleges, fund them and provide technical support. The Student Project Programme is one of the important programmes of the KSCST; it involves students and faculty of engineering colleges in taking up projects oriented towards developmental problems of the state and coming out with practical solutions, more specifically, those relevant to rural areas. The Student Project Programme (SPP) was initiated during 1977-78 and has undergone substantial qualitative and quantitative improvements over the last three decades.
The Student Project Programme has, by now, stimulated a large number of students and faculty to think about the problems of their immediate surroundings and to use their knowledge and training to improve their environment. This process has been ably assisted by more than one hundred faculty members of the Indian Institute of Science and experts from various other research institutions and government departments. Engineering colleges of the State have shown keen interest in this novel programme. The Student Project Programme of KSCST has attracted the attention of educationists and technologists in the entire country.
The objectives are:
• Apply creativity of students to solve development problems of our people and State through Science and Technology.
• Enrich college education by taking up small projects to evolve solutions to real life problems.
• Improve understanding and develop methodology for solving complex issues.
The work discipline acquired by students in evolving and executing their projects, improves their analytical and technical capabilities and methodology, enabling better performance at job interviews, besides getting a formal certificate of recognition. The sponsorship, by Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology, has become a benchmark of quality for engineering student projects and these projects have been highly valued by both academic and industrial communities.
In this programme, several completed projects are identified as promising and having commercial potential. Concerned faculty/students of such projects are encouraged to go ahead for further modification wherever required and to takeup field trials or scale up. Projects have been diverse, reflecting the varied interests of the students/guides and some of them have been very innovative. The recent enhancement of financial support by the state government has enabled us to support several such innovative projects and some of these projects have received wide publicity in local as well as national media.
36th Series of Student Project Programme (SPP) :
SPP, when started in the year 1977-78, supported 81 projects, from 13 institutions. Now, during the 36th Series (2012-2013) of this program, the Council received 1414 project proposals from 121 institutions and 363 projects have been supported with a total funding of about Rs. 18.27 lakhs. So far, over 7000 projects have been supported by the KSCST under this programme during last 36 years.
The activities of 36th Series of SPP started in October 2012. The Council contacted experts from Indian Institute of Science and various R&D institutions in identifying thrust areas for selection of student projects.
As per the recommendations of the subject experts and approval by Secretary, KSCST, SPP poster was printed in A3 size which displayed information about the thrust areas for this series.
Following are thrust areas recommended by the experts for student projects.
SPP poster contains, in addition to thrust areas, format of the proposal and other relevant details. Posters were sent to all the engineering colleges of the State and Universities, indicating last date for submission of the project proposals.
The Council received 1414 project proposals (Annexure 1) from various disciplines from 121 institutions in the State. These proposals were scrutinized by experts from Indian Institute of Science and other R&D institutions. After rigorous processing of the project proposals and evaluation by experts, 363 proposals from 98 engineering colleges were supported and sponsored with a total financial assistance of about Rs. 18.27 Lakhs. Project sanction letters and budget sanction details were sent to the concerned project guides and Principals of the engineering colleges.
Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board (KSBDB), Government of Karnataka also supported 46 projects with a special sanction on biofuel projects. This was in addition to assistance provided by the Council. Approved list of projects, sanctioned directly under SPP and Biofuel Projects under KSBDB, were announced in KSCST website www.kscst.org.in
KSCST has organized nodal centre evaluation of the supported projects at following engineering colleges namely :
The students demonstrated their projects in the nodal centers. The experts, during evaluation, reviewed the methodology and final output of these projects and selected 79 projects for Seminar and 107 projects for Exhibition. The details of projects selected for Seminar and Exhibition branch wise is as follows:
Council prepared the technical Compendium of these 186 projects for the Seminar and Exhibition (Engineering) and Biofuel projects compendium. Experts for Technical lectures during Seminar-and Exhibition were also arranged. The Council also prepared a separate compendium of projects related to Biofuel area.
The Council is organising the 36th Series Seminar and Exhibition on 30th and 31st August 2013, at Angadi Institute of Technology and Management, Belgaum. The programme is being inaugurated on 30th August 2013 at 10.00 AM by Padmashri Dr. T. S. Prahlad, Distinguished Scientist and Former Diretor, National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. Shri Rajendra Harkuni, President, Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Leading Industriliast, Belgaum will address the gathering and will be releasing the SPP – Engineering Compendium. Prof. V.R. Ananthan, Vice Chancellor, Rani Channamma University, Belgaum will be the guest of honor and will release the SPP compendium on Biofuel projects. Shri C. C. Angadi, President, Angadi Institute of Technology & Management Trust, Belgaum will preside over the function. Prof. M. S. Mohan Kumar, Secretary and Dr. M. Prithviraj, Executive Secretary, KSCST are participating in this state level programme and encouraging the young engineers to take up more R&D related activities.
During these two days, Seminars and Exhibition of selected projects will be held. In this Series of SPP 79 have been selected for Seminar and 107 projects for Exhibition. These Seminars and Exhibits will be evaluated by a panel of experts consisting of scientists and engineers from Indian Institute of Science and National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore and other research organizations. Some of these selected projects will be awarded as best projects of the year and the best performing college will also be awarded. The awards will be presented during valedictory function.
In addition, three special lectures have also been arranged during the course of this programme. Dr. Mangala Sunder Krishnan, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai will be delivering technical lecture on “ICT enabled teaching - learning strategies in science & engineering” on 30th August 2013. Padmashri Dr. T. S. Prahlad, Distinguished Scientist and Former Director, NAL, Bangalore will be delivering technical lecture on “Indian Aerospace Scenario” and Prof. M. S. Mohan Kumar, Department of Civil Engineering, IISc and Secretary, KSCST will be delivering technical lecture on “Towards Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Management on 31st August 2013.
The focus of the seminar / exhibition is not only to provide the forum for the students to present their work, but also to educate them on current developments in the field of engineering and technology. The exhibition is also open for students and general public on these days.
The Valedictory programme of this Seminar and Exhibition will be held on 31st August 2013 at 3.30 PM at Angadi Institute of Technology and Management, Belgaum. Prof. S. Sreenivasa Murthy, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga will be the Chief Guest of the function and deliver valedictory address. Shri Y. B. Ramakrishna, Former Executive Chairman, Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board, Government of Karnataka will be the guest of honor. They will be distributing the prizes to award winning projects and colleges. Dr. U. S. Hampannavar, Principal and Director Angadi Institute of Technology & Management, Belgaum will preside over the function.
Total of 13 projects was adjudicated as best seminar projects of the year and 16 projects was adjudicated as best exhibit project of the year by a panel of experts. Under biofuel projects four projects was adjudicated as best projects and awarded. These projects were awarded with Certificate, memento and cash prize.
The Best Performing College Award was awarded to B.V. BHOOMARADDI COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, HUBLI. This award has been decided based on several parameters demonstrated by students such as Relevance to industry, Innovation and creativeness in the concept, Efforts put into the concept, Infrastructure used, Participation in Seminar and Exhibition projects, Project Presentation, Economic viability and Simplicity in the projects. In addition, overall performance by the students of the college in all project seminars and exhibitions.